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    of the American Society for Information Science and Technology         Vol. 31, No. 5        June/July 2005

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DASER-2 to Examine STM Publishing

The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), ASIS&T Special Interest Group/Scientific and Technical Information Systems (SIG/STI) and the Potomac Valley Chapter of ASIS&T are pleased to announce DASER-2, the second Digital Archives for Science & Engineering Resources Summit, December 2-4, 2005, at the University of Maryland .

Postponed from a late April date, DASER-2 will examine new issues and challenges related to digital archives and science-technology-medicine (STM) publishing. This conference will explore issues surrounding digital libraries, institutional repositories and open access publishing:

·         impact of OA on the future of STM libraries

·         institutional repository models: what works and what doesn't

·         publisher-library collaboration strategies, now and in the near future

·         institutional repository object issues – theses, datasets, learning objects, etc.

·         user needs and patterns related to digital libraries

Science and technology libraries are undergoing intense change. Patrons are demanding more e-content with better tools. Print collections must still be maintained. Digital archiving and preservation is still in its infancy. The serials pricing crisis is exacerbated by the need to purchase many materials in dual formats. And now we have institutional repositories and open access to manage. It is within this chaotic environment that the DASER (pronounced like laser but with a "d") summits operate – a venue where the movers and shakers in our profession get together to assess and evaluate, collaborate and communicate.

Summit organizers report several confirmed speakers from academia, non-profit organizations, government initiatives and the commercial environment, in addition to keynote speaker Jan Velterop, publisher of BioMed Central. Among the other confirmed speakers are Jerry Cowhig, Institute of Physics Publishing; Karla Hahn, University of Maryland; Stevan Harnad, Universite of Quebec/Montreal; Timothy C. Hays, National Institutes of Health; Leslie Johnston, University of Virginia; Robert Kelly, American Physical Society; Michael Leach, President-Elect, ASIS&T; David Osterbur, Harvard University; Vivian Siegel, Public Library of Science; David Stern, Yale University; Peiling Wang, University of Tennessee.

For more information about DASER-2, please visit www.daser.org or www.asist.org.

SIG/III Announces 6th International Paper Contest

ASIS&T Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) invites submissions for its sixth International Paper Competition on digital libraries and information science and technology advances in developing countries. The theme for this year’s competition is Bringing Research and Practice Together – The Developing World Perspective.

Six winning papers will be selected. Each winner will receive a two-year individual membership in ASIS&T. In addition, the first place winner will receive financial support toward travel, conference registration and accommodations while attending the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28-November 2, 2005.

Submitted papers may address issues at either the country or regional level. Papers could discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of this theme, such as, but not limited to, the following:

·         Social, ethical, political, legal and economic and cultural issues

·         Information organization, management, access and retrieval

·         Information seeking and use

·         Information technology, social equity and development

A panel of judges including Liwen Vaughan, chair; Yunfei Du; Yin Zhang; Duncan Omole; Merlyna Lim; Julian Warner; and Nathalie Leroy will select winners.

Eligible Authors

Principal authors of submitted papers must be citizens of and residents in developing countries. Previous winners of the SIG/III International Paper Contest are not eligible. Papers should be original, unpublished and in English. SIG/III encourages submissions from librarians, information and network specialists and educators involved in the creation, representation, maintenance, exchange, discovery, delivery and use of digital information.


Authors are invited to submit manuscripts, not to exceed 5000 words, by June 30, 2005, to Duncan Omole at domole@worldbank.org .

More information about the SIG/III International Paper Contest is available at www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/papercontest.htm

News about ASIS&T Chapters

The Los Angeles Chapter of American Society for Information Science and Technology (LACASIS) scheduled The Mind's Eye: Theory and Practice of Digital Imaging in Cultural Heritage Institutions as its April meeting, held at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Among the featured presenters on cultural imaging projects was Layna White, head of collections information and access at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

For May, LACASIS scheduled a half-day program on Open Source from a Decision-Maker's Perspective. Several organizations were to give insights into how they have dealt with open source applications. Among the topics were open source software; DSPACE as a tool for disseminating training videos; the Archivists' Toolkit; and legal aspects of using open source software.

For its March meeting, the Wisconsin Chapter of ASIS&T planned a presentation entitled The Pinyin Conversion Project and the Challenge of Cleaning Up Afterward, featuring Philip Melzer, vice-president/president-elect of the Council of East Asian Libraries, and team leader of the Korean/Chinese cataloging team at the Library of Congress. The session focused on a massive undertaking by American libraries to convert to the pinyin system of romanizing the Chinese language. The presentation described the planning of the project, the mechanics of the conversion, some of the complexities involved and the challenge of finding and converting romanized Chinese text on non-Chinese and pre-MARC cataloging records.

            In early May, the New England Chapter of ASIS&T (NEASIST) took a shot at making sense of many of the new and maturing technologies now in the marketplace. Syndicate, Aggregate, Communicate:  New Web Tools in Real Applications for Libraries, Companies and Regular Folk featured three early adopter information specialists who have explored and experimented with such tools as blogs, wikis, RSS, instant messenging (IM), chat, browser add-ons, bookmarklets and folksonomies. They discussed how these tools could be used for personal information management; internal staff or project communication; website content development; and making content findable on the Internet.

            Then in late May, NEASIST scheduled its annual spring awards dinner recognizing colleagues for their hard work and contributions to the Society. Three chapter awards were to be announced: two Student Paper Awards (travel grants to attend the 2005 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina); the Simmons Student Member-of-the-Year award; and the NEASIST Chapter Member-of-the-Year award.

The Central Ohio Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (CO-ASIST) held its annual meeting in early May with a presentation by Joe Branin, director of libraries for Ohio State University, speaking on New Spaces and Places in the Ohio State University Libraries. He described how research libraries are responding to changes in the information technology, higher education and public funding environments.

The Indiana Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (I-ASIS&T) presented Understanding, Motivating and Successfully Working with the Millennial Generation in May. Speakers and participants in the session discussed generational differences between the millennial generation – beginning with people born in 1980 – now hitting the workplace and workers of earlier generations.

The Southern Ohio Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (SOASIST) will take an in-depth look at Google at its June meeting. Glen Horton, technology coordinator for the Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium, will discuss some additional ways to get better results from your searches. In addition, he will demonstrate some of the features and tricks that make Google more than just a search engine.

News from ASIS&T SIGs

Special Interest Group/Library Technologies (SIG/LT) published its first newsletter recently thanks to the group's chair, Cindy Campbell. The SIG is eager to share information about its mission and its plans for the ASIS&T 2005 Annual Meeting with all ASIS&T members. The group is also looking for dynamic members who can help promote SIG/LT and help it develop projects in the field of library technologies. Check it all out at http://mail.asis.org/pipermail/siglan-l/attachments/20050215/3df9bf6f/Jan2005.pdf.

Special Interest Group/Scientific and Technical Information Systems (SIG/STI) is continuing its annual grant to a library and information science student with an interest or background in chemistry or chemical engineering. The $1000 grant, made available by a gift from Chemical Abstracts Service, is to defray the cost of attending the 2005 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. The application form is available at www.asis.org/SIG/SIGSTI/awards/award-cas2005-app.html (or www.asis.org/SIG/SIGSTI/awards/cas2005.doc). Application deadline is July 20, 2005.

News about ASIS&T Members

Marcia J. Bates, professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, and her colleague Mary Niles Maack, have accepted appointments as editors of the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (ELIS), published by Marcel Dekker. They will take over from current editor Miriam Drake. With the help of an expanded editorial board, the new editors plan a thorough review of the overall plan for the encyclopedia, re-conceptualizing the compendium for the greatly expanded domains of the information professions and institutions in the Internet age.

Charles W. Bailey, Jr., assistant dean for Digital Library Planning and Development at the University of Houston Libraries, has published Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals. This book, which is under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial License, has been published in print form by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).  ARL and the author have also made the book freely available as a PDF file (http://info.lib.uh.edu/cwb/oab.htm).  Bailey is the author of a number of digital publications, and he was the founding editor-in-chief of The Public-Access Computer Systems Review.

Suzie Allard and Kendra Albright, both assistant professors in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, received major university awards at the College of Communication and Information Convocation program. Allard was honored with the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award and Albright received the Innovative Technology Teaching Award. The awards honor faculty in the four schools of the College of Communication and Information.

News from an ASIS&T Institutional Member

IU Informatics’ Team Takes First Place in International Student Design Competition 

A student team from the School of Informatics at Indiana University won first place in the International Student Design Competition, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI).

The second annual competition is a three-phase, six-month process, which ultimately brings a select few teams to the CHI conference. IU’s winning team was one of four IU teams – all human-computer interaction graduate students – selected to attend the second round of competition in Portland, Oregon, after beating out national and international teams in the first round.

Student teams from all over the globe were invited to submit their written solutions to this year’s research challenge: create a design for artificial companionship to support the social well-being of seniors above the age of 65.

This year’s winning team proposed Project mPath, a volunteer network to be implemented within assisted-living facilities. As part of the project, volunteers would assess social relationships and emotional reactions, inputting information into the system, which would examine data over time to isolate anomalies, highlight trends and anticipate future responses.

ASIS&T Presents Audit

            The full report of the ASIS&T auditors on the 2004 financial statements is presented on this and the following pages.

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